The Compulsive Reader: My Heartbeat by Garret Freymann-Weyr

Thursday, August 29, 2013

My Heartbeat by Garret Freymann-Weyr

Ellen may not understand a lot of things, but she does know that she loves her older brother Link and his best friend James. They are her lifeline during Ellen’s freshman year of high school, the two people she looks up to most. When someone questions the nature of their relationship, Ellen becomes curious about the social and emotional implications of their friendship, and how it affects their family.

 My Heartbeat is a story about a girl trying to discover her own intellectual “heartbeat” and her place in the world. Ellen is a curious protagonist; she constantly looks to improve and educate herself through the study of classic fiction and current social issues, and the friendship between James and Link is major influence on her. As the characters in the novel confront (and avoid) the truth about their feelings for each other, Freymann-Weyr deftly explore the fluid nature of identity, sexuality, and purpose through Ellen’s limited but slowly expanding perspective. Beautifully written and deeply thoughtful, My Heartbeat is an unsentimental yet emotional story about the depth of love.

Cover Comments: I'm not crazy about this cover...it makes the book look like a cheesy romance novel, and the title has nothing to do with romance, but more with the lifeblood of someone's life, and intellect. However, it is way better than this cover.

Book purchased at VCFA bookstore!

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